I confess. I’ve put more than a few large holes in walls over the years. It’s not that I was taking out my rage on drywall. It’s that, for years, I couldn’t fathom why a simple small nail, hammered anywhere into any wall, wouldn’t just hold up any wooden frame and picture.
And I was okay with those gaping holes, as long as something covered them. La-di-da, Scarlet, I’ll worry about that another time. And that time always came when I’d go to put a fresh coat of paint on the wall. So it’s probably a good thing that a task for the Ms. Fix-It badge asks scouts to learn how to hang a picture right.
BADGE WORK UPDATE: MS. FIX-IT
99.9% of you are not going to learn a damned thing here. Y’all have been walking the world with this knowledge (and applying it, I daresay), most of your lives, because you knew what I refused to acknowledge: when it comes to this or pretty much any job, you need the right tools.
I decided to frame and hang two of my various Art Night creations in my studio office. The “pre-scout” Jean would’ve bought a couple of those cheap desk frames, yanked off the picture stand on the back, hung a nail in the wall, and used double-sided sticky tape discreetly at the corners to kind of hold it level.
Not this time, kiddos. For one of the paintings, I actually bought a real frame, and then I used official picture hanging hardware to add wire to the back. I’m not sure why I thought this would be hard — it took all of five minutes. I slipped in the painting and used 1/4″ thick foam poster board for backing.
The other item slated for hanging was painted on a completely uneven chunk of tar paper in the last Art Night, and I couldn’t find a frame or mat that really enhanced it. I chose a pre-made shadow box, and I think it looks great in there, but again, I had to add wire to the back for hanging.
Next step was to put the hardware in the right place on the wall. For that, I pulled out Charles’ trusty stud finder, pretty much just to prove to myself that i could locate the studs in the wall. This, I know, would be really important if the pictures were heavy (they aren’t), and it turns out that the studs weren’t anywhere close to where I actually wanted to hang the picture.
So here are my paintings, successfully hung in my office. And I should note that where you see instruments hanging from the walls, Charles mounted those hangers for me, that darling man.
And there we have it.